Don Murk’ 79 Professor of Early Childhood Education Mechanicsburg, Pa.
What makes a kid who grew up in rural, eastern Pennsylvania interested in teaching in a city? That’s the question Don Murk ’79, professor of early childhood education asked himself more than 30 years ago as student at Messiah College. Murk, who was an early childhood and elementary education major, decided he wanted to complete his student teaching experience in an urban school and spent his student teaching semester at Downey Elementary School in the Harrisburg School District teaching kindergarten. Read the rest of this entry »
Attorney and Partner at Gager, Emerson, Rickart, Bower and Scalzo, LLC
Faith and intellect. Discipline and imagination. Humility and aspiration. Students at Messiah College are regularly challenged to explore how two seemingly opposing entities can coexist and forge even greater strength when merged.
Peter Scalzo ’84, a business administration major and bible minor, can add two more:
Cancer and joy. Suffering and purpose. Since his cancer diagnosis in 2005, the 49-year-old alumnus has seen God use a six-year battle with cancer to not only solidify his faith, but to open new doors of ministry and service to individuals whose lives also have been similarly turned upside down by the disease.
For his final spring break, Steve Frankenfield ’11 journeyed to the rugged Cumberland Valley of Tennessee.
For three out of four spring breaks of his Messiah College career, the 22-year-old adventure education major has participated in the Agapé Center’s service trip to Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project), an interdenominational nonprofit ministry that serves impoverished rural families in the scenic—yet isolated—Cumberland Valley.
Like concentric circles in a stirred pond, a single gesture of gracious generosity affects multiple lives in its wake. One such selfless act involving soccer, suffering and an unexpected gift recently rippled through the Messiah College community, as a tangible display of servant leadership.
Just a few weeks after Messiah senior Geoff Pezon ’11 scored the winning goal in the 2010 NCAA Division III men’s soccer championship game, he offered a key assist to a seriously ill Messiah professor. Read the rest of this entry »
When most people think of rest and relaxation, they conjure up images of a warm, sunny beach or a lazy weekend, curled up in a hammock with a favorite book. Not Margeaux Monsour ’09. After graduation, the family and consumer science education major decided to “take a breather” by going through the rigorous training necessary to teach whitewater rafting, one of the most dangerous and difficult outdoor programs available. Read the rest of this entry »
Ryan Scott Bomberger ’93
Adopted into a multi-racial family of 15, Ryan Scott Bomberger’s acceptance into a loving Christian home fostered his own passion for adoption and seeking God’s purpose in his life.Today, he and wife Bethany Koopalethes Bomberger ’97 are co-founders of The Radiance Foundation (www.theradiancefoundation.org), a life-affirming organization that seeks to empower people by building their sense of purpose.Read the rest of this entry »
Scott A. Heintzelman, ′89
Partner, McKonly & Asbury, CPA, CMA, CFE
For the unstoppable Scott Heintzelman, success is a journey, not a destination. At 42, this self-directed, self-proclaimed “exuberant accountant” holds a list of noteworthy achievements that reads like a who’s who of Pennsylvania movers-n-shakers, yet he’s only just begun to live a life of significance. Read the rest of this entry »
Chris Book ’78
Chris Book ’78 views his years at Messiah College as the formative years that confirmed God’s call to a life of Christian service. Now executive director of Paxton Ministries in Harrisburg, Book and his wife Marlys have a goal of continuing in service that makes a direct impact in improving the quality of life for people in a way that honors God. Read the rest of this entry »
Mark Herman ′85 Behavioral Science major Residing in Greencastle, Pennsylvania
Mark Herman ′85 is a middle school principal, a coach, a ministry leader, and a father of eight, who is also working toward a doctorate in educational leadership. But none of these roles are what defines him. Read the rest of this entry »
Ryan Keith ′02
A few weeks before moving to Boston for his first semester of graduate school at Harvard University, Ryan Keith ′02 got a call from his church that changed his plans drastically. West Shore Evangelical Free Church (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) wanted to send Keith and 11 other people to Zimbabwe to explore ways the congregation could respond to the AIDS epidemic. Read the rest of this entry »
Steady H. Moono ′85 Education major Currently the Vice President for Student Affairs,
Montgomery County Community College Residing in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
When Dr. Steady Moono ’85 earned national recognition as the “2008 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate,” his acceptance speech cited not his master’s degree alma mater, nor his doctorate alma mater, but Messiah College—a place that taught him the meaning of mentoring relationships.
LeRoy Walters ’62
Residing in Bethesda, Maryland
Occupation: Sr. Professor of Christian ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University
When President George W. Bush wanted a balanced, thoughtful analysis of stem cell research, he sought input from an expert—LeRoy Walters Jr. ’62, senior professor of Christian ethics at the Kennedy Institute, Georgetown University.
Tabita Vacareanu ′09
Human Development and Family Sciences major Homeland: Lasi, Romania
As a founding member of Friends of Du Bois University of Africa (named after the 20th century civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois), Tabita Vacareanu ′09 and fellow Messiah students share their testimonies with churches and communities willing to listen to how God provided education for them through the generosity of others.
Amy Sherman ’87
Political Science major
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
From the halls of power in Washington D.C. to international centers of urban poverty, this Messiah alum expertly blends education, experience, and Christian faith to bridge the gap between public sector groups and faith-based organizations.